Workplaces are turning to devices to monitor social distancing, but does the tech respect privacy? : The Conversation


Smartphone apps and wearable devices can tell when workers have been within six feet of each other, promising to help curb the coronavirus. But they’re not all the same when it comes to privacy.

Source: Workplaces are turning to devices to monitor social distancing, but does the tech respect privacy? : The Conversation

Simply by defying the tabloids, Meghan has already beaten them | Zoe Williams | Opinion | The Guardian


Win or lose against the Mail on Sunday, the princess has displayed courage in breaking free of the media’s expectations, says Guardian columnist Zoe Williams

Source: Simply by defying the tabloids, Meghan has already beaten them | Zoe Williams | Opinion | The Guardian

EPA’s proposed ‘secret science’ rule directly threatens children’s health : The Conversation


The EPA is considering a rule that would limit what kinds of science regulators can use in setting rules. A scholar explains how this shift would bar his work mapping child lead poisoning.

Source: EPA’s proposed ‘secret science’ rule directly threatens children’s health : The Conversation

My sexual assault case was dropped when I refused to give police my phone | Anonymous | Opinion | The Guardian


A few years ago I was violently sexually assaulted by a “friend” on a night out. It was a sustained and sadistic attack that in no way began with consent. I made the incredibly difficult decision to report it to the police because I needed to take power back. I wanted to look him in the eyes in court and watch him feel a fraction of the helplessness and humiliation that I felt that night. I wanted to tell him I had the power now, with the full weight of the law behind me. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as I expected.

 

Source: My sexual assault case was dropped when I refused to give police my phone | Anonymous | Opinion | The Guardian

Parents’ privacy fears as school removes wall from front of girls’ toilet block : Liverpool Echo


A school is facing a privacy backlash from parents after removing the front wall of a girls’ toilet block.

Parents of children at St Mary’s College in Wallasey have criticised the re-design, with many concerned about their daughters’ privacy.

The exterior wall of one of the school’s female toilet blocks has been removed to make the toilets open plan with the only doors now being those on individual cubicles.

A video sent to the ECHO shows the toilets, which are set back off a corridoor, facing what are believed to be two classrooms and a CCTV camera.

Parents have claimed their children have been told the wall had been removed in a bid to stop smoking, bullying and pupils skipping class and hiding in the toilets.

 

Source: Parents’ privacy fears as school removes wall from front of girls’ toilet block : Liverpool Echo

With Trump As President and Bannon As Chief Strategist, the Freedom of the Press Is in Danger


Freedom of Press needs protecting at all costs, otherwise any administration is free to do as they please, in other words a dictatorship will occur. and your human rights will disappear.

Josep Goded

Donald Trump will be soon sworn in as president of the United States of America. Before that happens, Trump is occupied choosing the future members of his cabinet while the international community is fretting over this because, apparently, it will include racists, climate change deniers, and human rights violators.

There are fears that Trump’s cabinet will try to reform the system to re-centralize power and restrict the freedom of the press. In such a context, the U.S. media and freelance journalists are preparing themselves to work under restrictive conditions to circumvent the upcoming censorship.

During the last campaign, the tandem Bannon/Trump launched an unprecedented mass attack on the U.S. media to convince people that critical journalists were criminals. (Clinton did something similar by ordering some media to hide her misconduct during her term as Secretary of State).

As far as we know, during Trump’s…

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Rio Tinto’s Plan to Use Drones to Monitor Workers’ Private Lives


A step too far.

Stop Making Sense

Max Opray reports for The Guardian:

Image result for rio tinto dronesIn the remote Australian outback, multinational companies are embarking on a secretive new kind of mining expedition.

Rio Tinto has long mined the Pilbara region of Western Australia for iron ore riches but now the company is seeking to extract a rather different kind of resource – its own employees, for data.

Thousands of Rio Tinto personnel live in company-run mining camps, spending not just work hours but leisure and home time in space controlled by their employer – which in this emerging era of smart infrastructure presents the opportunity to hoover up every detail of their lives.

Rio Tinto is no stranger to using technology to improve efficiency, having replaced human-operated vehicles with automated haul trucks and trains controlled out of a central operations centre in Perth.

The company is embarking on an attempt to manage its remaining human workers in the same way…

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NHS to scrap single database of patients’ medical details : The Guardian. – DWPExamination.


Care.data scheme to close after Fiona Caldicott review calls for tougher measures to keep information confidential. The government’s scheme to store patients’ medical information in a single databa…

Source: NHS to scrap single database of patients’ medical details : The Guardian. – DWPExamination.

Roll-on the future


The way it is, not the way you want it, some choice is there but it is limited.

Poppy's Place

I don’t want to sound rude, resentful and ungrateful but I am getting completely fed up with the loss of dignity, privacy, autonomy and spontaneity that goes along with being a disabled person, reliant on homecare and personal assistants for my every need. It’s horrible and I hate it so much. I would give so much to be able to have a lie-in because I feel like it, not think about what I’m going to have for my lunch until I’m actually hungry, do something without having to plan it days in advance and have a wash and get dressed without an audience, but I can’t. Just for once, I’d like to be able to be left alone and to chose to do things, because I want to do them, without anyone else being involved, but it’s not going to happen.

After a year of frustration, with agency staff looking…

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